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Study plan for MASV-PUBAD Public Administration, Master's, 2 years, fall 2019

Name of qualification

The master's programme leads to the degree of Master of Philosophy in Public Administration (MPA). It is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits).

ECTS Credits

The Master Degree in Public Administration is equivalent to four semesters of study after completion of an undergraduate degree.

In the first semester, i.e. the autumn semester (August-December), students are required to complete three compulsory courses, in Organization theory (AORG320B), Public policy (AORG322B) and Qualitative Methods (AORG323B).

In the second semester (January-June), students are required to complete three courses whereas Research Design (AORG332) and Quantitative methods (AORG321B) is compulsory and the students must choose one of the following "state of the art"-courses, AORG325, AORG326, AORG327 and AORG328.

In the second semester there will be an assessment of students┬┤ ability to continue with the program.

Language of Instruction

English

Semester

Admission to the MPA program takes place only in the autumn semester.

Objectives and content

The objective of the Master of Philosophy in Public Administration (MPA) is to enhance the students' ability to conduct independent analyses of organizations, political and administrative structures and processes, and public policy. The programme strengthens students' analytical skills and provides a comprehensive training in methodology. Participation in various seminars and individual writing ensure that the motivation for and ability to work independently in an academic or a professional setting is enhanced.

The MPA Programme is equivalent to four semesters of study after completion of an undergraduate degree.

The programme is aimed at international self-financed students.

Exchange students under the Erasmus agreement and other guest students who fulfill academic requirements may on application be admitted to one or more courses in the programme.

Required Learning Outcomes

A candidate who has completed the MPA program should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

The candidate

  • Has developed advanced knowledge of "the state of the art" as well as recent developments in the field of public policy, organizational and institutional theory, and governance
  • Can use the knowledge in analyzing contemporary policy and governance issues and can provide empirical and theoretical analysis on the basis of the history and distinct character of the academic field
  • Discuss basic concepts and methods of the discipline and identify relationships between theory and data
  • Can explain the relevance of both qualitative and quantitative methods in political science and public administration and discuss the relevance of positivistic, hermeneutic and discursive approaches as well as experimental research
  • Can discuss and critically evaluate the empirical works of others
  • Has obtained systematic knowledge of recent theoretical developments and research on organizations, public administration, public policy and governance.
  • Can analyze public policy and governance on the basis of organizational and institutional theories.
  • Has received rigorous training in both qualitative and quantitative methods as well as experimental method to conduct research in these fields of study.
  • Develops ability to discuss others' research in terms of choice of theories, use of methodology, and analysis of data.

Skills

The candidate

  • Has developed critical thinking and can conduct independent analysis in assessing, diagnosing and addressing policy and governance related issues and challenges
  • Can use organizational and institutional theories in conducting one's own research
  • Can provide critical analyses and applications of existing theories, methodological approaches and empirical work within the research field
  • Argue and apply different methods both qualitative and quantitative in research design and empirical analyses
  • Can use the knowledge to develop and conduct independent research
  • Has developed ability to critically think and conduct independent analysis of contemporary public policy and governance related issues and challenges.
  • Has developed ability to interpret theories and empirical based research and apply these in order to conduct one's own research.
  • Can carry out literature review and discuss critically different traditions, perspectives, and theories of organization and institutions for conducting an independent research.
  • Can discuss and argue for the choice of both qualitative and quantitative methodology in one's own and others' research.
  • Integrate different methods for developing a well-founded research design.

General competence

The candidate

  • Can discuss, analyze and apply the course materials to answer relevant research questions and objectives
  • Can apply the knowledge and skills to various and new areas of public policy and governance
  • Can make independent and professional assessments of relevant organizations and institutional arrangements
  • Can communicate and identify relevant problem issues and how to analyze them with regard to public policy and governance to different stakeholders of public policy and administration
  • Can contribute to the theoretical development of the academic field and the application of different methods in conducting research
  • Can provide practical applications of theory through written and oral presentations and in discussions with relevant actors in public policy and administration
  • Can independently discuss, argue, analyze and use different concepts and theories to answer research questions and address research objectives in the fields of public policy and governance
  • Can contribute to the development of scientific theory as well as to apply different research methods in conducting independent research
  • Can discuss and disseminate knowledge of the subject matter to students, academics and practitioners of public administration
  • Apply various perspectives of philosophy of science in research design and in one's own research
  • Discuss and argue for the choice of a particular research method as well as choice of different strategies of data analysis

Admission Requirements

In order to apply for the Master's Programme in Public Administration you need a bachelor's degree of 3-4 years' duration, or an equivalent educational background.

The degree must include 1,5 years (80-90 ECTS) of full-time studies in relevant courses such as:

  • Political Science or related subjects
  • Public Administration
  • Organization Theory

The degree must include a minimum of 10 ECTS in social science methods.

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Master thesis credits

The Master thesis enhances the ability to conduct independent and original research based on empirical data and develops skills in designing and presenting research findings in different venues with students, research community and practitioners.

The master thesis comprises a major part of the MPA degree. Students analyze contemporary issues in public policy, organizational change and development, administrative reforms, and governance challenges. It is empirical in its orientation where relevant theories and methodology are combined to analyze a social phenomenon

During the second year (3rd and 4th term), the students write the AORG351 Master's Thesis in close collaboration with their respective supervisors. Dissertation seminar may be arranged depending on the needs and progress of the thesis. The Master's Thesis shall be submitted in the fourth semester and the deadline for submission is 1st of June in the spring semester. Submitting on a different date may be granted based on individual application. The length of the AORG351 Master's Thesis is normally stipulated to about 120 typed pages, using 1.5 line spacing and font size of 12.

Sequential Requirements, courses

In the first semester, i.e. the autumn semester (August-December), students are required to complete three compulsory courses, in Organization theory (AORG320B), Public policy (AORG322B) and Qualitative Methods (AORG323B).

In the second semester (January-June), students are required to complete three courses whereas Research Design (AORG332) and Quantitative methods (AORG321B) is compulsory and the students can must chose one of the following "state of the art"-courses, AORG325, AORG326, AORG327 and AORG328.

In the third and fourth semester the students write the master thesis (AORG351).

Assessment methods

Combination of essay, School exam, home exam, oral exam and submission of a thesis

Grading scale

Grading A-F

Administrative responsibility

Dept. of Administration and Organization Theory

Christiesgt. 17, N-5007 Bergen

e-mail: post@aorg.uib.no

tel: + 4755582190

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